Returning to the Office: Tips for Managing Your Mental Health

After a year of uncertainty and with life now returning to some kind of normality, many of us are starting to head back to the workplace. Whether you’re going back for good or only a couple of days a week, it’s normal to feel anxious about leaving the comfort of your home and interacting with colleagues you haven’t seen face-to-face in a while.


While returning to the office can produce feelings of uncertainty, you can manage them with a series of natural remedies that can help you feel more confident. We’ve pulled together a selection of our organic remedies available to support you in managing your mental health.

Enjoy a moment of calm


If you’re experiencing return to work anxiety, it’s easy to stop looking after yourself. As a result, negative thoughts are likely to start clouding your mind, making things seem much worse than they really are. That’s why it’s important to take some time out each day – either before work or at the end of the day (or both) – to practice self-care.


Whether this is through an hour of reading before bed, treating your skin to a full skincare routine or watching your favorite film, allow yourself to unwind and forget about your work worries for a short while. Doing the things you enjoy will help you feel more empowered and ready to tackle the challenges ahead.





Meditation can help you enter a state of deep relaxation. The process clarifies your thoughts, enhancing your physical and emotional wellbeing. There is no right or wrong way to meditate, but the purpose is to pay attention to your breathing to stay in the present moment, clearing your mind from worries and negative thoughts.


Getting started with meditation needn’t be difficult with these steps…

  1. Find a quiet, comfortable place to sit.
  2. Set a time limit of 5 or 10 minutes to start with.
  3. Notice the sensation of your breath as you breathe in and out repeatedly.
  4. When you become more relaxed, your mind will start to wander. Whenever you feel this happening, bring your attention back to your breathing.
  5. If you find yourself getting lost in your thoughts, be kind to yourself.
  6. Once you’re ready to end the session, gently open your eyes and allow yourself a few seconds to notice how your body feels.

Whenever you feel overwhelmed by stress and anxiety at work, find a private, quiet spot and take 5 minutes to meditate. No one in the office even needs to know what you’re doing.


Another top tip is to have a Remedies to Roll in your bag for whenever you need a calming moment. Overall, these herbal remedies for anxiety are powerful returning-to-work tools.



Have a massage


Massages can help reduce feelings of stress by releasing feel-good endorphins and lowering your heart rate. Taking a few quiet moments to breathe and relax also helps life to feel more manageable.


Keep talking


You don’t have to deal with these thoughts and feelings alone. Chances are, many of your colleagues are experiencing the same anxieties about returning to work. Keep communicating with your friends and colleagues you can trust (such as HR staff) about how you’re feeling, and make sure your workplace offers you the support you need to manage your stress.


It’s normal to develop anxiety about returning to work after Covid, but trying some of these tips can help you take back control of your emotions. Discover our natural, organic remedies to support your wellbeing and help you find a sense of calm.


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